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For the foreign journalist, soldier and others targeted by the non-Iraqi terrorists who are determined to block any progress in Iraq
it may be dangerous.But for the average Iraqi hope is in the air!
The two William sisters - Vinos
23 and Florence 21, the two Lazar brothers - Remon and Simon, 25 and 21 and Robert George, 25 are digging in.
To the question `how does Al Jaiha compare to when Saddam was in power` they are quick to respond. `When Saddam was in power we would be watching one of the three Saddam TV
Channels with him on TV or some old, boring black and white movie.
The Al Jaiha Ice Cream Parlor is a good barometer of how things are in Iraq
by the international media who for some reason, at least according to the regular Iraqi have a bias towards any good news from Iraq
is doing just fine, thank you!
And the future? `We are getting married in July!` chimes in Remon and Venos.
`Everything is completely better` continues Robert George. `For the first time in our lives we have hope!
It is because the Americans cared for the people of Iraq
and were the only ones with the courage to set us free.`
do not fear somebody taken away` she
says, echoing other Iraqis.
It is the best of times, but at the same time the worst of times
The `bad`?It is the deep, palpable, undercurrent of fear that is gnawing at everybody, although few will speak of it.
It is the planned July 1 handover of power in Iraq
. While the original plan, as in Japan
, was to have a constitution, elections and a government in place, due, the Iraqis say to fears of the impact of Iraq
on the upcoming US Presidential election the schedule was suddenly changed.
`If the current plan goes forward there will be civil war in Iraq
beginning on July
1` says an American official asking to be anonymous. `I have been told privately by both senior officials of the Coalition Provisional Authority as well as the Iraqi Governing Council
this.In addition, the airport will close as no airline will fly into an airport without a government in charge` he
The Assyrians are Christians and we are the original people of Iraq
the July 1 schedule goes forward we will be massacred.
The last time this happened 2/3rds of the Christians of Iraq
were slaughtered in the Assyrian Holocaust.We will not allow it to happen again.We cannot understand why the Christians of the world do not support us and demand that Iraq
be free, democratic and secular.`
A trip south shows the reality on the ground.
The Americans should simply say that only Iraqis can have a say in the future of Iraq
and send him back to Iran
Few in the rest of the world seem to realize this little known fact - the main source of trouble to the US authorities is in fact not an Iraqi but an Iranian.
`We do not want to become like Iran
do not want a muslim government.` echoes Shiite muslim Sadek Tarik, 36.
`Did the United States go to war and lose so many lives to create an Islamic Government of Iraq`
says Robert George? `I do not think the American people would ever agree to that.
think they want for us what they have - freedom, opportunity and a better life.As Christians we get along good with our muslim neighbors and as the original people of Iraq
we pray for autonomy in our homeland in Nineveh
and Dohuk provinces so like the American Indians
we can administer our local affairs."
It took the United States seven years to move Japan
from a police state to a free and democratic society.
The outbreak of civil war on July 1 would seem to even the most casual observer to have a far greater negative impact on the November elections than the improving situation in Iraq
For a first hand look, the Al Jaha Ice Cream Parlor is living testimony to the fact that the war was worth it, that good times are truly around the corner and the worst possible thing for Iraq
would be a premature handover of power.
[Z-info: A proposed French law prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols in public schools banned Islamic headscarves, Jewish yarmulkes and large Christian crosses.
Pope John Paul II told Vatican diplomats last week that religious freedom in Europe
was endangered by people seeking to ban religion from the public sphere.
France is, with Turkey
, one of the two secular countries of the world.
With the difference of Turkey
where the religion is under the control of the State, France had separated the religious area and the State in 1905.
...Indeed, A few days after the manifestations of the Moslem women, Luc Ferry, Minister for national education, declared at the Parliament that this law did not relate only to the Islamic veil but also to the kippa, the turban of Sikhs and the "large crosses out of wooden carried by Syro-Chaldeans".
...The Assyro-Chaldeans' Association of France
immediately distributed a press release saying that the community (16 000 people) is completely integrated into the French Republic . It
refuses to be used as a "exotic folding screen" in the vote of a law which does not relate to it.
Assyro-Chaldeans (Luc Ferry had mispronounced our national name in Syro-Chaldean), are respectful to this country which had welcomed them and now they was nothing any more but one danger for secularity as well as for the republic.
French chains of television like Canal + and newspapers such Le Parisien, La Croix, Le Monde, Libération, The Daily Telegraph and Hürriyet published many articles concerning this affront against Assyro-Chaldeans of which 80%
are naturalized French.
The official statement diffused by our Association did nothing but "restore the truth" concerning our people in France . Nevertheless
, Joseph Yacoub considered that this "misunderstanding" gave the opportunity to us to inform the public opinion.
of buildings were shattered and plumes of smoke could be seen in the area.
Iraqi police and U.S. troops arrive on the scene of a car bomb explosion in Mosul , Iraq
, on Saturday
by Karam Hussein for the Associated Press
(ZNDA: Arbil) This week the two main Kurdish political parties blamed the Islamic militant group, Ansar al-Islam
- an al-Qaida-linked militant group- for suicide bombings that killed at least 101 people in Arbil
the back of the bomber's head was visible in the footage.The man, apparently in his
20s or 30s, shook hands with one of the Arbil office's deputy chiefs, then stepped forward and put his
hand in that of another.
This position was held by Mr. Saad Abdulla until his death in the suicide bombing on Sunday
The Assyrian Democratic Movement has issued a letter of condemnation asserting "those who committed and stood behind this act of violence, and similar others, are a terror group who are not pleased with the environment of freedom and the path of democracy that Iraq
is experiencing.They wish to see that insecurity and instability continues, against the aspirations of the Iraqi people."
Mar Emmanuel III's Letter to IGC
(ZNDA: Baghdad ) On
22 January the newly-elected Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Mar Emmanuel III Deli, offered a letter of appreciation to the officials of the Iraqi Governing Council
in Baghdad . In the letter His Beatitude writes: "I
thank you and wish you success for the work done for our people and our Iraqi brothers."
Beatitude desires greater unity among Iraqis
and asks the officials to promote stability, security, and prosperity for the people of Iraq
Mar Emmanuel then continues to write: "I
promise you ...
Mar Emmanuel qualifies "We
" by continuing to say: "We
, the Chaldoassyrian Christians, owners of the Syriac culture and language for many millennia, have worked together with our Muslim, Yezidi and Sabbean brothers with our hearts and soul."
Mar Emmanuel is the first head of a Syriac-speaking church to personally endorse the title of "Chaldo-Assyrian" in Iraq
in an official capacity.
Mar Emmanuel concludes his
letter by saying "We
demand the recognition of our legitimate religious, cultural, social
...(ZNDA: Damascus ) On 29 January a delegation from the Iraqi Governing Council met with the Syrian president, Dr. Bashaar al-Assad, in Damascus to review the current situation in Iraq